Elika Bergelson

Elika Bergelson

Crandall Family Assistant Professor

Education & Training

  • Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania 2013


Dr. Bergelson is accepting applications for PhD students in the 2018-2019 Cycle; she accepts through the Developmental and Cog/CogNeuro areas of P&N and the CNAP program.

In my research, I try to understand the interplay of processes during language acquisition.
In particular, I am interested in how word learning relates to other aspects of learning language (i.e. speech sound acquisition), and social/cognitive development more broadly (e.g. joint attention processes) in the first two years of life.

I pursue these questions using two main approaches: in-lab measures of early comprehension and production (mostly with eye-tracking experiments), and at-home measures of infants' linguistic and social environment (as in the SEEDLingS project)


Language acquisition, word learning, cognitive development, psycholinguistics

Bergelson, E, Amatuni, A, Dailey, S, Koorathota, S, and Tor, S. "Day by day, hour by hour: Naturalistic language input to infants." Developmental Science 22.1 (January 2019): e12715-null. Full Text

Laing, CE, and Bergelson, E. "Mothers' Work Status and 17-month-olds' Productive Vocabulary." Infancy : the Official Journal of the International Society on Infant Studies 24.1 (January 2019): 101-109. Full Text

Bergelson, E, Casillas, M, Soderstrom, M, Seidl, A, Warlaumont, AS, and Amatuni, A. "What Do North American Babies Hear? A large-scale cross-corpus analysis." Developmental Science 22.1 (January 2019): e12724-null. Full Text

Bergelson, E, and Swingley, D. "Young Infants' Word Comprehension Given An Unfamiliar Talker or Altered Pronunciations." Child Development 89.5 (September 2018): 1567-1576. Full Text Open Access Copy

Amatuni, A, He, E, and Bergelson, E. "Preserved Structure Across Vector Space Representations." CoRR abs/1802.00840 (2018).

Bergelson, E, and Aslin, RN. "Nature and origins of the lexicon in 6-mo-olds." Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 114.49 (December 2017): 12916-12921. Full Text Open Access Copy

Frank, MC, Bergelson, E, Bergmann, C, Cristia, A, Floccia, C, Gervain, J, Hamlin, JK, Hannon, EE, Kline, M, Levelt, C, Lew-Williams, C, Nazzi, T, Panneton, R, Rabagliati, H, Soderstrom, M, Sullivan, J, Waxman, S, and Yurovsky, D. "A Collaborative Approach to Infant Research: Promoting Reproducibility, Best Practices, and Theory-Building." Infancy 22.4 (July 1, 2017): 421-435. Full Text

Bergelson, E, and Aslin, R. "Semantic Specificity in One-Year-Olds' Word Comprehension." Language learning and development : the official journal of the Society for Language Development 13.4 (January 2017): 481-501. Full Text Open Access Copy

VanDam, M, Warlaumont, AS, Bergelson, E, Cristia, A, Soderstrom, M, De Palma, P, and MacWhinney, B. "HomeBank: An Online Repository of Daylong Child-Centered Audio Recordings." Seminars in Speech and Language 37.2 (May 2016): 128-142. Full Text Open Access Copy

Bergelson, E, and Swingley, D. "Early Word Comprehension in Infants: Replication and Extension." Language learning and development : the official journal of the Society for Language Development 11.4 (January 2015): 369-380. Full Text Open Access Copy


Ryanta, N, Bergelson, E, Church, K, Cristia, A, Du, J, Ganapathy, S, Khudanpur, S, Kowalski, D, Krishnamoorthy, M, Kulshreshta, R, Liberman, M, Lu, YD, Maciejewski, M, Metze, F, Profant, J, Sun, L, Tsao, Y, and Yu, Z. "Enhancement and analysis of conversational speech: JSALT 2017." September 10, 2018. Full Text

Casillas, M, Bergelson, E, Warlaumont, AS, Cristia, A, Soderstrom, M, VanDam, M, and Sloetjes, H. "A new workflow for semi-Automatized annotations: Tests with long-form naturalistic recordings of childrens language environments." January 1, 2017. Full Text

Warlaumont, AS, VanDam, M, Bergelson, E, and Cristia, A. "Home Bank: A repository for long-form real-world audio recordings of children." January 1, 2017. Full Text

Schuller, B, Steidl, S, Batliner, A, Bergelson, E, Krajewski, J, Janott, C, Amatuni, A, Casillas, M, Seidl, A, Soderstrom, M, Warlaumont, AS, Hidalgo, G, Schnieder, S, Heiser, C, Hohenhorst, W, Herzog, M, Schmitt, M, Qian, K, Zhang, Y, Trigeorgis, G, Tzirakis, P, and Zafeiriou, S. "The INTERSPEECH 2017 Computational Paralinguistics Challenge: Addressee, Cold & Snoring." January 1, 2017. Full Text

Amatuni, A, and Bergelson, E. "Semantic Networks Generated from Early Linguistic Input." cognitivesciencesociety.org, 2017.

Bergelson, E, Amatuni, A, Casillas, M, Seidl, A, Soderstrom, M, and Warlaumont, AS. "Description of the Homebank Child/Adult Addressee Corpus (HB-CHAAC)." ISCA, 2017.

Laing, C, and Bergelson, E. "More Siblings Means Lower Input Quality in Early Language Development." cognitivesciencesociety.org, 2017.

Metze, F, Riebling, E, Warlaumont, AS, and Bergelson, E. "Virtual machines and containers as a platform for experimentation." January 1, 2016. Full Text Open Access Copy

Bergelson, E, and Swingley, D. "Social and Environmental Contributors to Infant Word Learning." cognitivesciencesociety.org, 2013. Open Access Copy


Selected Grants

Analyzing Child Language Experiences Around the World (ACLEW) awarded by National Endowment for the Humanities (Principal Investigator). 2017 to 2020

Mechanisms of Word Learning in Infancy awarded by National Institutes of Health (Principal Investigator). 2014 to 2019